The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Almost a year has passed since I last considered the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This committee has ten members including the Chair. Here is a summary … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Pills or public health?

This is the title of the Editorial in the current BMJ by it’s Editor in Chief. Fiona Godlee states: I have previously written about the approach to “transparency” taken by … Continue reading Pills or public health?

‘The Future of Dementia Care’

The Annual Conference of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry will take place next month and has Professor Craig Ritchie presenting on “The Future of Dementia Care” The publicly available … Continue reading ‘The Future of Dementia Care’

“A wrong un’ when you see it”

The January 2019 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry has, as its theme: Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders. In the Journal a “consensus definition” of “treatment resistance” was provided by a … Continue reading “A wrong un’ when you see it”

The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Review of Prescribed Drug Dependence

I was recently interviewed to be part of this MIA podcast that considered financial conflicts of interest in relation to British Psychiatry and in particular in relation to expert contributions … Continue reading Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Review of Prescribed Drug Dependence

Professor Guy Goodwin

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. Professor Guy Goodwin’s declaration of competing … Continue reading Professor Guy Goodwin

Professor Carmine Pariante

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. This is Professor Carmine Pariante’s … Continue reading Professor Carmine Pariante

‘Not all in the Mind’

On the 23rd July 2018, Professor David Nutt gave a free public lecture entitled “Not all in the mind – the contribution of brain science to modern psychiatry.” I was not … Continue reading ‘Not all in the Mind’

“He delivered piercing insights”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists describes “7 highlights” from its “sold-out”, and no doubt lucrative, International Congress 2018 which this year was held in Birmingham. The Royal College of Psychiatrists … Continue reading “He delivered piercing insights”

The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education

On a regular basis, as an NHS doctor, “journals” such as this find there way into my mailing. This happens without my say. I have not found a way to … Continue reading The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education

The British Journal of Psychiatry: are competing interests of authors sufficiently transparent?

The current edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry, May 2018, contains academic papers on depressive disorders. In this post I will share some of the declarations of interest linked … Continue reading The British Journal of Psychiatry: are competing interests of authors sufficiently transparent?